About Us

The Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of the humane treatment of both domestic animals and wildlife found living on the New Brunswick campuses of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey as a result of abandonment, having become lost, or by birth to the aforementioned, and - in the case of wildlife - having become sick, injured, or displaced from their natural habitat.

We are a collaboration of Rutgers staff, faculty, students, and community volunteers. Scarlet Paws has made a long-term commitment to the welfare and well-being of these animals. Following the example of animal welfare groups organized at other colleges and universities (such as Stanford, Texas A&M, Towson, and Utah State University), we endeavor to promote community awareness of their condition, and to promote, educate, and encourage responsible and timely action by the Rutgers Community and appropriate personnel, toward their care, rescue, and placement into safe and appropriate environments.

Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network, Inc is a public charity exempt from Federal Income tax under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and contributions to Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network, Inc are tax deductible.

News

BG is still looking for a home!

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(12/10/2014; updated 1/26/2015) Beegee (above; click for larger pictures) is a male kitten, about 4 months old, who is looking for his forever home! Beegee was rescued from the Douglass Campus of Rutgers University.

Beegee likes to explore and play with all sorts of cat toys! He is a lot of fun to watch, and he loves to be held and have his belly rubbed. Beegee starts purring like wild when you pet him. He loves to cuddle up too!

Beegee has been neutered and vaccinated for rabies and distemper. He is negative for Fiv/Felv.

You can meet and play with Beegee at Animal Health Care of Marlboro (AHC), located at 299 Route 9 South (at Union Hill Road), Englishtown, NJ 07726 (Telephone: 732-972-3201).

Prospective adopters will be asked to complete an application form (DOC | PDF). Our adoption fee for one cat is $100. The adoption fee helps cover our veterinary costs.

If you are interested in adopting Beegee, please contact us!



Boomer (now "Bats") and Houdini have both found homes!

Boomer (now Bats) Houdini

(1/25/2014) Boomer and Houdini, two sweet kittens who were rescued from the Douglass Campus at Rutgers University last fall, have both found homes!

Houdini, a female kitten, was adopted through Animal Rescue Force (ARF) at their Sayreville location. Thanks to ARF for finding a home for Houdini!

Boomer, a male kitten, was adopted by a family that includes a Rutgers student! Boomer's new name is Bats, short for "Batman." Bats' new mom reports that he is a "joy" and a "sweetie," and that he loves to run around his new home and play.

Congratulations to Bats and Houdini, and to their new families!



UPDATE: Mr. Fox, Oreo and Squeaky have all been adopted!

Mr. Fox Oreo Squeaky

(1/17/2015) Mr. Fox, Oreo, and Squeaky have all been adopted! Mr. Fox, who was rescued along with his brothers last fall from Busch Campus at Rutgers University, was adopted by a very nice family the first day he was shown for adoption! Thanks to our friends at Animal Rescue Force for helping Mr. Fox find a great home.

Shortly afterwards, Oreo and Squeaky also found a wonderful home! Their new mom reports that they "are adorable, affectionate, healthy and hilarious! Squeaky loves the limelight, and Oreo is coming out of his shell. They are eating very well (they would eat all day if we let them!)... They are playful and communicative. We just love them!"

Congratulations to Mr. Fox, Oreo, Squeaky, and their new families!



Pictures from Scarlet Paws' "Meet and Greet" at the Rutgers Club

Left to right: Yujing Zhao, Angelo Botteon, Ernie Botteon, Caryn Radick, Mary Botteon, and Carol Gibson

(1/14/2014) The Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network's Board looks forward to having more events like our meet and greet at the Rutgers Club on December 16, 2014. The event featured good food, a "draw your cat for a dollar" table, many good conversations about cats, and posters of our adoptable cats (one of which got some attention at the home of one of our members before it got packed up for the event).

Click the below images to see larger pictures from the event:

Angelo Botteon draws pictures of cats for $1 donations Left to right: Carol Gibson, Angelo Botteon, and Ernie Botteon Tiger inspects adoptable cat posters before they go to the event



North Brunswick Humane Association provides generous 2014-2015 Spay/Neuter grant to Scarlet Paws

North Brunswick Humane Association Logo

(12/09/2014) Scarlet Paws extends thanks to the North Brunswick Humane Association for their continued support and generosity during this 2014-2015 year. We are most grateful for the donation of a $1,000 subsidy towards Spay/Neuter.

Learn more about North Brunswick Humane Association at their website.



Piper and Prue

Piper and Prue are looking for a home together!

(10/4/2014) Please consider adopting Prue (right, at top) and Piper (right, at bottom; click for a larger image), two beautiful "tiger" tabby kittens rescued from Busch Campus in June! These pretty girls are about 6 months old.

Prue, the striped one, is playful, active and vocal. She likes to be petted, though sometimes squirms when being held.

Piper, the darker one, is calmer and quieter than Prue, and likes to be both petted and held. She is becoming friendlier and sweeter by the day!

Piper and Prue have been spayed, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and tested negative for Fiv/Felv.

You can meet and play with Piper and Prue at Animal Health Care of Marlboro (AHC), located at 299 Route 9 South (at Union Hill Road), Englishtown, NJ 07726 (Telephone: 732-972-3201).

Because these girls are so close, we are hoping they can be adopted together.

Prospective adopters will be asked to complete an application form (DOC | PDF). Our adoption fee for two cats together is $150. The adoption fee helps cover our veterinary costs.

If you are interested in adopting Piper and Prue, please contact us!

Click the below pictures to see larger images of Piper and Prue:

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Zack loves Tuxie! They are looking for a foster or permanent home.

Zack and Tuxie

(7/26/2014) Zack and Tuxie (above, click for a larger image) are two cats rescued from College Avenue Campus, who are seeking adoption or foster care.

Tuxie is a large Black & White Tuxedo female rescued from College Avenue Campus in Fall 2013. Approximately 2 years old now, Tuxie has been spayed, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and is negative for FIV/Feleuk.

Tuxie has been overcoming her shyness of people and now is very vocal for attention with her foster adult. She loves to be petted on her head and chin, flops down on her side to stretch happily, and is ready for the next step of being fostered or adopted by an adult who is an experienced cat socializer. She would make ideal companion for adult(s) who live in a small apartment so she can race around when she gets the "crazies" and satisfy her great curiosity, but return easily to her safe home base spot.

Tuxie loves wet food, uses her litterbox, and loves to rub her face and body while standing on her tippy-toes. Tuxie would be ideal with an experienced cat-socializer as her next foster person or permanent care-giver.

Zack was rescued from College Ave Campus in New Brunswick in early June 2014. Zack has been neutered, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and has tested negative for FIV/Feleuk.

Zack has blossomed into a playful, gentle curious youngster who LOVES the company of other friendly cats! Zack is still often shy with new people, so he would be ideal for a patient, understanding, and experienced cat owner who would be able to spend time learning to bond with him.

Zack enjoys scrambling after balls of paper thrown by his foster family. He loves to be pet and scratched on his head and chin, and flops down on his side like a rag doll when you oblige! With the right person and other cats to keep him company, he is ready to discover all the adventures that living safely indoors offers. He will come up to you when you offer his favorite foods - dry kitten chow and any canned food.

Zack loves Tuxie! If possible, it would be wonderful to adopt this pair together (though it is not required).

Prospective adopters will be asked to complete an application form (DOC | PDF), and sign an adoption contract if the application is approved. Our adoption fee for one cat is $100, or $150 for two cats together. The adoption fee helps cover our veterinary costs.

Please note that potential fosterers will be asked to complete a foster agreement (DOC | PDF).

If you are interested in fostering or adopting Zack and/or Tuxie, please contact us!

Click the below pictures to see larger images of Tuxie (check back soon for pictures of Zack):

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Alicia

Alicia is looking for a foster home or permanent home!

(7/12/2014) Alicia (left; click for a larger image) is a young, elegant, fast-moving, beautiful female tabby rescued in the winter from College Avenue Campus. Approximately 1 year old, she has been neutered, vaccinated for rabies and distemper, and is negative for FIV/Feleuk. Alicia does not sit still for long, unless she is standing on your lap, pushing her face into your chin while purring. She burns energy leaping from place to place, galloping quickly and quietly as she makes her rounds! She loves dry food, loves to have her head, chin and back scratched and purrs if you oblige!

Alicia is nervous with other cats and swats/advances if they get too close to her. She would be ideal as single cat or with another cat who would respect her space. She would do well with responsible older children who would oblige her need for human contact and also recognize when she just wants to sleep instead!

Prospective adopters will be asked to complete an application form (DOC | PDF). Our adoption fee for one cat is $100. The adoption fee helps cover our veterinary costs.

Please note that potential fosterers will be asked to complete a foster agreement (DOC | PDF).

If you are interested in adopting or fostering Alicia, please contact us!

Click the below pictures to see larger images of Alicia:

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Goldie is still looking for a home!

Goldie

(10/13/2013; Updated 1/1/2014) Goldie (left; click picture for a larger image) is a sweet, friendly, gentle and loving one-eyed senior cat (13 years old). She is currently in foster care. Her previous owner was an elderly gentleman who was no longer able to care for her.

Goldie is an extraordinarily people-oriented cat who would be best suited for someone who spends a lot of time at home. She readily greets new people (both adults and responsible children) and loves to sit on someone's lap or rub around their legs. Goldie is also very vocal!

Please note that Goldie would prefer to be the single cat in a home, as she is aggressive towards other cats.

Goldie has been spayed and front de-clawed, has tested negative for FIV/Feline Leukemia, and is up to date on her Rabies and Distemper vaccinations.

If you are interested in adopting Goldie, please visit her Petfinder page at: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/26493231?rvp=1 or contact us!

Please note that prospective adopters will be asked to complete an application form (DOC | PDF). Our adoption fee for one cat is $100. The adoption fee helps cover our veterinary costs.